Praise for The Spider Wars:
“An exciting new novel from an exciting new voice in SF.” —Booklist
“Christopher has produced a widescreen Hollywood spectacular in novel form. Not to be missed.” —James Lovegrove, New York Times bestselling author
“Smart, intricate, and viscerally gripping… Christopher carves a place for himself among the stars of his genre.” —V. E. Schwab, New York Times bestselling author
“Christopher mines the terror of a setting that feels both tremendously vast and nerve-wrackingly claustrophobic. The Burning Dark will have readers hesitating before glancing at the night sky or turning on their radios.” —Robert Jackson Bennett, author of Mr. Shivers and American Elsewhere
“With this creepy and compelling mystery, Adam Christopher demonstrates why he’s one of the most original and exciting writers working in the genre right now.” —Gareth L. Powell, author of Ack-Ack Macaque and The Recollection
“Christopher is writing science-fiction unlike anyone else – tense, unsettling, and grounded in a universe full of danger and mystery. The Burning Dark slips a cold, gloved hand around your heart and doesn’t let go.”–Jen Williams, author of The Copper Promise”A riveting SF mystery reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.” —Martha Wells, author of Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge
THE MACHINE AWAKES
“Builds tension expertly… Claustrophobic in mood but with the scope of great space opera, this is sci-fi you will want to read with the light on.”
—Library Journal, Starred Review
Adam Christopher’s The Machine Awakes is a far future space opera set in the universe of The Burning Dark.
In the decades since the human race first made contact with the Spiders—a machine race capable of tearing planets apart—the two groups have fought over interstellar territory. But the war has not been going well for humankind, and with the failure of the Fleet Admiral’s secret plan in the Shadow system, the commander is overthrown by a group of hardliners determined to get the war back on track.
When the deposed Fleet Admiral is assassinated, Special Agent Von Kodiak suspects the new guard is eliminating the old. But when the Admiral’s replacement is likewise murdered, all bets are off as Kodiak discovers the prime suspect is one of the Fleet’s own, a psi-marine and decorated hero—a hero killed in action, months ago, at the same time his twin sister vanished from the Fleet Academy, where she was training to join her brother on the front.
As Kodiak investigates, he uncovers a conspiracy that stretches from the slums of Salt City to the floating gas mines of Jupiter. There, deep in the roiling clouds of the planet, the Jovian Mining Corporation is hiding something, a secret that will tear the Fleet apart and that the Morning Star, a group of militarized pilgrims searching for their lost god, is determined to uncover.
But there is something else hiding in Jovian system. Something insidious and intelligent, machine-like and hungry.
The Spiders are near.